VidyaShankar passed away due to cardiac arrest.
Kaalangaathala..newspaperla first news item..front pagela athuvum!!!! This is the third time I think..i am seeing my name..to be more precise..another person carrying same name as mine..in the obituary section..that too on front page!!! Namma per ulla aalungalaam front pagela vara alavuku famous irukangalaynu santhosha padratha..illa intha per vachirukaravangalaam puttukaraangalaynu feel panratha!!! Whatever it is..birthday anniki kuda avlo calls varala..intha newsa paathutu egapatta calls. Appo thaan realised..aaha..naatula namma mela ivlo kolaveri paasathoda makkal irukaangalaynu. En team mates intha newsa paathutu..weekend venaam..weekdayva paathuka..atleast oru naal leave kedaikum engalukunu advice gave. Avvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv.....
By the way..ever wondered how come FUNERAL anagrams into REALFUN??!!! maybe because of News like this?? :D
My granpa used to check the obituary column religiously. Hindu paperla Last but second page, usually the sports section, athula left hand cornerla the Obituary section will come. Athula he will check and at times will find one or two familiar names. Atha paathu phone number mention pani iruntha he will call them up and talk to the immediate family. I used to tease him.."Avlo peria HINDU paperla..unaku paakarathuku newsay illayaa"nu. He would reply "Well..I've no other option to keep track of my friends.. now that my activities are bit restricted". Considering that he was never bedridden till his last days and was cooking his own food..i could never agree about the "activities" part. (He was touching 90 when he breathed his last by the way). But the concept of keeping track of friends was very impressive though not the mode.
When i moved to Blore to join my second company, i carried with me a not so attractive image for myself. Within the second year of my career i got identified as a loner..reserved..and sensitive person who preferred to be on his own. On my first return trip to chennai after i went to Blore i met my teammate. In that journey of 6 hour journey we would've hardly spoken ten words. When i came back to Blore that monday he asked me one life changing question. "How many friends you've and dont count your team mates or anyone from your previous office. Just tell me...how many new friends you've picked here?" I had no answer for him. He challenged me (rather i took it as a challenge) to make more friends than him or atleast 20 new faces in a month's time. By the way...he was part of a batch of 150 plus people and he was the most recognisable face in that crowd. When he used to go for a walk in that 1.5 KM long street..there would be atleast 20 people greeting him on the way. Such was his popularity. I took his words very seriously and it seems to have helped me a LOT :) He came to my home today to invite me for his son's first birthday and when my mom asked him to help her in finding a bride for me..he said "Sure Aunty. I will also pitch in..but this guy has more friends than me". Pride bequeath fall they say...but couldnt help feeling happy and proud to hear that above statement :) Me the most Happier and proudest to have friends like you people :) Please bear with me and be with me :)